Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Peter Mathis Wine

    Peter Mathis planted his 7.5 acre hillside vineyard in the Sonoma Valley in 1999 with Grenache, P...

  • Keller Estate

    A visually stunning winery at the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Country. Keller Estate features u...

  • Casa de la Cruz

    Casa de la Cruz wines are a companion label of Keller Estate Winery. These lovely entry level Cha...

  • Sojourn Cellars

    For over 10 years, Sojourn Cellars has produced distinctive Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon win...

  • Valley of the Moon Winery

    Valley of the Moon Winery has been in operation longer than any other winery in the Glen Ellen ar...

  • Kastania Vineyards

    A viticulture class in 1994 inspired Linda and Hoot Smith to demonstrate their love of red wine b...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Syrah Grenache Blend 2015

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    Unpretentious berry fruit on entryblueberry, blackberry. Slight suggestion of vanilla. After the initial impressions it moves towards savory. Nice full-bodied wine. Sturdy tannins. Acid makes it very drinkable and, along with the tannin, suggests improvement from more sideways resting. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Valdez Family Winery Zinfandel Rockpile Botticelli Vineyard 2011

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    Something of a barnyard nose, but, thankfully, that does not seem to translate on the taste buds. Very pleasant plum and berry flavor on entryslightly tart. Some dustiness. Some wood. Nice big, mouth-filling wine. Very moderate tannins still hanging around. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Candied cranberry and plum aromas with a fresh floral note and hints of licorice. Dry and earthy on the palate with blackberry and black currant fruit, strong tannins and cola notes, good acidity but the main driver here is the earth throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Keating Montecillo Vinnyard Zinfandel Moon Mountain District 2015

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    Red plum fruit. Mouth-filling. I want to think jammy, but there is not the sweetness that comes with jammy wines. Some herbalness mid-palatealmost minty. A fair amount of tannin, but not over the top. Good everyday drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris Russian River Valley 2016

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    Highly floral aromas of light orange blossom and honeysuckle, light melon and apple. Cool fruit notes, honeyed melon, grapefruit and lime with searing acidity and a tart, fresh finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

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    Garnet color with a fair amount of light coming through. Lots of red fruitcherry, strawberryon the tip of the tongue. Some pretty serious acid prevents it from seeming syrupy. In fact, the descriptive word that comes to mind is lean. Not terribly complex to my palate, but, certainly, not offensive. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rodney Strong Sonoma County Chardonnay 2016

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    Lightly herbed citrus aromas with a light cream note. This is mouthwatering and juicy on the palate and full of fresh fruit notes of baked apple, pear and peach with a touch of pineapple. Its juicy and a bit spicy with just enough acidity to add freshness and a cool finish thats creamy and smooth. Lovely.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Williams-Selyem Zinfandel Russian River Valley Papera Vineyard 2013

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    Nice, slightly tart, red fruit. Suggestions of wood or bramble, but suggestions, only. Some herbalnessIm getting parsley. Reasonable tannic backbone but, also quite restrained. I am enjoying this wine, but Im glad I am taking it out of storage. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Merlot Sonoma County 2014

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    Creamy black currant and vanilla bean aromas with a touch of blackberry syrup and black pepper spice. Delightfully plummy and warm on the palate with dark chocolate and mixed berry aromas, some tart earth, freshness coming from the acidity and an earthy finish thats a touch herbal. Really nice bottle thats overall warm, creamy with nice body and... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Simi Chardonnay Sonoma County 2014

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    Gift from Nabozny's 9/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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